CLAUDE — Before the next health inspection, restaurants and other food-service operations may want to review whether or not they have a certified food manager. If not, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering a course to help them meet state requirements.
“Food Safety: It’s Our Business” will be offered May 22-23 at the Activities Building, 901 Hurley in Claude. Registration deadline is May 1.
By law, food establishments are to have at least one staff member with a valid certification, said Leicia Redwine, AgriLife Extension family and consumer science agent in Armstrong County.
AgriLife Extension officials from Gray and Armstrong counties are offering a two-day food manager certification training course. Completion of this course allows establishments to meet the state requirement.
Included with the training will be materials and the state food manager certification examination. Cost of the course is $125. For those individuals wanting to test only, the cost is $65, Redwine said.
Foodborne illnesses affecting an establishment are estimated to cost thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance and medical bills, Redwine said.
For more information about the Food Manager Certification Training course, call Redwine at 806-226-3021 or Joan Gray-Soria, AgriLife Extension agent in Gray County, at 806-669-8033.